Want to see how a painting develops? Painting is a great stress reliever if you saw my last post. I paint often and thought I would show you one way that I do. Here are three steps I took to paint on the computer, showing the process from the rough sketch and ink wash to the semi-finished painting you see above.
No tricks, no photo to start, just a hand drawn digital sketch begins the process. The image is layered with light and dark tones, then various color washes, just building and building.
The whole process is done like a traditional painting with each brush stroke, one at a time. I add the textured paper at the end to give it depth and a rich background color. By doing this, some of the painting work is lessened, plus you get a neutral background on which to display the work. You think the painting is done?
No, it has more feathered detail to add, but I always start with the eyes and work outward. The beak will be next and then some feathers.
Below is the tablet and stylus that I use to do everything on the computer. It is like a pen, brush, mouse, any tool you need it to be to draw, write, surf the web, everything.
I read over and over bloggers saying that painting in Photoshop is not painting. Others complain that editing photographs is not true photography. Is this just people who don’t know the power of working digitally criticizing the loudest? Painting in this way is just a different kind of painting.
I do these comps for future oil paintings, and am working on another simultaneously of a male lion. Maybe later, I will show that one as well. For more digital art, see Bird Feeding in Winter Leads to Digital Art. It shows a few different techniques.
I updated the post because I got the question on if I reference a photo or do it from memory. The above image is my photo I used to draw the first sketch. You can see I have some feathers and detail to add.
My house has my paintings and drawings exhibited gallery style, but not one of my photographs is displayed! You know me for my wildlife and nature photographs, but art comes in all forms and techniques.
In a couple of days, you will see an actual hawk that spent a long time flying around my garden looking for sparrows. No luck, but he was very diligent.